Here’s a date for your wedding-planning diary - the Handmade Wedding Collective is hosting an exhibition in London selling handmade wedding products from UK creators. Running March 15-20th at Craft Central in Farringdon, it looks like there’ll be a good range of products from accessories and jewellery, to stationery, decorations and favours.
One of the nice things about my newfound status as a mother-in-waiting is having the time to rediscover my local area and potter about in all the cute cafes and shops around London's East End. One recent find is The Create Place on Old Ford Road, that I stumbled upon on the way home from a nice leisurely lunch at the Pavilion Cafe in Victoria Park (crushed artichokes and soft boiled egg on toast - yum).
The Create Place runs as a craft collective and charity, acting as a space for local designers to sell their handmade products and also holding free workshops to encourage the local community to get involved in craft - including free sewing workshops and craft drop-in sessions every Wednesday. They also host parties and events, including Hen Do lingerie-making, using vintage silks and lace.
The shop sells some gorgeous products too - I loved Zeena Shah’s screen-print cushions and Kerry Layton’s whimsical prints.
I am a travel, arts and fashion writer, and my day job involves reporting from around the globe on city hotspots, inspirations and trends... this blog began as a search for ideas for my vintage -themed wedding and has evolved into a diary of vintage inspirations for weddings and beyond.